Roy Nelson Mayhew, 78, Lawrence, died at his home on Saturday, February 19, 2011.
A celebration of life will be held in Lawrence on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the American Legion from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Graveside services to be held at the Deer Creek Cemetery, Marshall County and a celebration of life will be held in Marysville, at a later date. Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home will have information regarding upcoming services when available.
Roy was born October 16, 1932 on the family farm north of Marysville, Kansas, the son of Ray and Zilpha Mayhew. The youngest of seven children. He went to school at District 69 through the eighth grade and attended high school in Marysville, graduating in 1950.
In September 1950 he started to work for the Davey Tree Expert Company until his induction into the Army in 1953.
After radio communications training at Fort Riley, Kansas, he spent 16 months in Korea.
In 1955 he was hired on with the Kansas Highway Department and stayed on with the department for 39 years 4 months, retiring in August 1994.
Roy met his future wife, Maxine, in Seneca in the spring of 1955. They were married on Friday, July 13, 1956 and celebrated 54 years together.
He enjoyed woodworking as his hobby. He also liked to travel by driving and seeing the sights of America.
Roy is survived by his wife, Maxine, his son Monte and wife Jenny, Florida, his daughter Debra and husband Scott, Maryland, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four step-grandchildren, and his brother Leslie, Lincoln, Nebraska. He enjoyed the company and love of 36 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by 2 brothers; Dale and Everett and 3 sisters; Zelma Daily, Correne Corey, and Ada Heaton.
Contributions in his name can be sent to: Audio-Reader, 1120 West 11th Street, P.O. Box 847, Lawrence, Kansas 66044 or Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation & Hospice, 200 Maine Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.